Lakers G Patrick Beverley suspended three games

Patrick Beverley has a reputation as an instigator. This reputation cost him a few more games.

Devin Booker flagrantly fouls Austin Reaves late in the 4th quarter of the Phoenix Suns’ win over Beverley’s Los Angeles Lakers. As Reaves lay on the ground, Beverley ran and pushed Ayton from behind, knocking him onto Reaves. Beverley was ejected.

The Lakers backed Beverley after the cheap shot. Coach Darvin Ham told reporters he was not angry with Beverley. “He’s there to protect his team-mate and I’m sure he’ll have to suffer some sort of consequence for that, but that’s what we have to be. Teams have to know that they just can’t push us around.” Anthony Davis said Beverley did the right thing, “We’ll never let anyone stand above our teammate.”

They may be less happy knowing they won’t have their starting point guard for three games. Beverley considers himself a “foxhole guy” who protects his teammates, but coincidentally, that protection often involves shoving opposing players when they’re not looking. It’s unclear who Beverley was protecting in the 2021 playoffs against the Suns, when he was ejected for pushing Chris Paul from behind.

When Beverley shoved CP3 in the back, her Clippers were getting beaten in a knockout game. When he shoved Ayton it was after going scoreless on 29 minutes. Is he a heroic defender of his teammates, or is Patrick Beverley just a guy who has poor impulse control when frustrated? The NBA thinks it’s the latter.

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